Nike Space Hippie
There is a growing need to go the sustainable route, even in footwear. Nike has always been a force in such concerns and with this, they are bringing the Space Hippie to the table, the newest green kicks in town.
According to the sneaker brand, this pair has the lowest carbon footprint the brand could come up with. The sneakers were crafted from recycled materials, making it an exceptionally eco-friendly choice. Even typical sandal-wearing crunchy-granola types might try this pair out for a spin.
The upper consists of 90 percent recycled content while its cushioning is composed of excess ZoomX foam, which came originally from the brand’s Vaporfly 4% Flyknit line.
Repurposing the lightweight foam used to create these kicks takes in only half of CO2 (carbon dioxide) released while producing standard Nike sneakers. Indeed, these are factors that give Nike their fair share of sustainability points.
The Space Hippie’s upper part also consists of “space waste yarn,” a 100% recycled concoction originating from textile refuse, bottles and T-shirts.
Its outsole meanwhile is crafted from crater foam – a combo of Nike Grind, which is 15% recycled waste rubber and conventional Nike foam material. The Nike Grind component makes for a texture that’s quite unique measured against standard sneaker outsoles while its baby-blue, speckled egg color and appearance adds a stylish pep to the entirety of the pair.
Sustainability enthusiasts, serious Nike collectors and well-dressed in-the-know individuals will surely appreciate its stylings. The use of surplus and recycled materials is not only a move that benefits the environment, it’s also an attempt that shows not all sustainable products have to be unimaginative, lack color and style.
The unconventional looks and craftmanship of the Space Hippie take sneaker design to a more daring level and might kickstart a green revolution among trainer brands.